By Sheri Duff
Beautiful blue skies greeted those in attendance for the annual Shelburne Memorial Day tribute last Monday morning. As in past years, the Memorial Day ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by Shelburne Boy Scout Troop #602 and the musical performance by the Shelburne Community School’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of David Myers in his farewell finale.
The Rev. Craig Smith, of Trinity Episcopal Church offered the invocation, and Town Moderator Tom Little again served as the event’s Master of Ceremony. The event is organized each year though the efforts of Shelburne resident Carroll “Bud” Ockert, with assistance from the Shelburne Professional and Business Association.
This year’s keynote speaker was Lt. Colonel Greg Knight, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Knight eloquently shared remembrances of his days in training and his role in Rhamadi, Iraq. He captured the attention and imagination of all the audience.
After a rousing round of applause for Knight’s address, and an additional piece performed by the Wind Ensemble, members of the B Battery, 101st Field Artillery Vermont National Guard offered a canon salute, followed by the playing of “Taps,” performed by Emily Ray of the Wind Ensemble. The Rev. Craig Smith led the benediction, after which veterans in the audience were invited to stand in front of the stage to be recognized and thanked by those in attendance.
Three memorial wreaths were then placed at the Town’s memorial sites by the Boy Scouts: the entrance to the Pierson Building, where the names of those who served in World War I are inscribed; the Town Hall entrance, which is a memorial to World War II veterans; the Pierson Building flag pole, which commemorates the Shelburne residents service in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
By Sheri Duff